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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present, The book treats all aspects of the subject from the Greeks to the nuclear age: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence.

Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of war: who pays for it, how can its returns be measured, and to what extent does it explain the...

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present, The book treats all aspects of the subject from the Greeks to the nuclear age: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence.

Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of war: who pays for it, how can its returns be measured, and to what extent does it explain the rise of the West to global dominance over tow millennia?

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Bloomsbury Review
The volume's thesis, controversial for some, claims that it is the West's peculiar form of waging war that has led it to dominate so much of the globe. As the various essays in the book outline the development of war in the West, they very ably support that central thesis…copious illustrations—especially the battle plans and reconstructions…will be welcome reading to anyone who wants a broad overview of warfare.
Foreign Affairs
…this book deserves close attention from the student of military affairs…The attractive volume makes imaginative use of diagrams, maps, and pictures, which serve far more than merely decorative purposes. In short, a valuable overview of the history of warfare and a worthy companion of other fine one volume surveys.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521794312
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Cambridge Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at the Ohio State University. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road, 1567-1659 (second edition, Cambridge, 2004) and The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (second edition, Cambridge, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Geoffrey Parker; Part I. The Age of Massed Infantry: 1. Genesis of the Infantry (600–350 BC) Victor Davis Hanson; 2. From Phalanx to Legion (350–250 BC); 3. The Roman way of war (250 BC–AD 300); Part II. The Age of Stone Fortifications: 4. On Roman ramparts (300–1300) Bernard Bachrach; 5. New weapons, new tactics (1300–1500) Christopher Allmand; 6. The gunpowder revolution (1300–1500) Geoffrey Parker; Part III. The Age of Guns and Sails: 7. Ships of the line (1500–1650) Geoffrey Parker; 8. Conquest of the Americas (1500–1650) Patricia Seed; 9. Dynastic war (1494–1660) Geoffrey Parker; 10. States in conflict (1661–1763) John A. Lynn; 11. Nations in arms (1763–1815) John A Lynn; Part IV. The Age of Mechanized Warfare Williamson A. Murray: 12. The industrialization of war (1815–71); 13. Towards World War (1871–1914); 14. The West at War (1914–18); 15. The world in conflict (1919–41); 16. The World at War (1941–45); 17. The Post-War World (1945–1995); Epilogue: the future of western warfare Geoffrey Parker.

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